Planning a Weekend With Kids in near Chichester in West Sussex

If you’re thinking of planning a weekend away in the coming weeks or months, and aren’t entirely sure about where to set off to, then why not consider the likes of rural and picturesque West Sussex? West Sussex borders Hampshire and Surrey and certainly boasts a rich history.

There’s always going to be enough to keep you and your family entertained, as here you will find the rolling hills and expanses of The South Downs, Chichester, Bognor Regis beach, as well as the soft white-sanded West Wittering beach. West Sussex is full to the brim with activities for you and your family, and you’ll find some of the best outlined below.


Head to Chichester

For its relatively small size, Chichester has numerous activities to offer families, and if your kids are inquisitive and eager to learn, then this cathedral city could just be the ticket. Ideally, you’ll have a few days to spend here and in the surrounding area, as you won’t be able to see all that this place has to offer over the course of only one day.

Assuming you have two full days to spend here, you should kick-start your getaway by getting out and about in nature, and walking alongside the canal, or at least the basin, and then stopping for a drink and a bite to eat at the Chichester Canal Centre. Here, you can also rent either kayaks or rowing boats, but be sure to ring ahead just to be sure that you’ll be able to hire one on the day. From here, you’ll be only a stone’s throw away from Chichester Gate Leisure Park, which is a complex that hosts a large Cineworld, as well as a tenpin bowling alley and an air arena trampoline park.

If you’re keen to exercise yours and your family’s minds, then head on over to The Novium museum, as well as Fishbourne Roman Palace to learn about Chichester’s Roman roots. After this, you will undoubtedly need to refuel, so stick to a traditional pub for good grub at The Hole in the Wall in Chichester.


Bognor Regis

For good fun and a nostalgic trip by the seaside, be sure to swing by Bognor Regis, and keep your kids thoroughly entertained at Bognor’s penny arcades and cafes, not to mention get them playing mini golf just outside of the large arcade at Waterloo Square Crazy Golf. There’s also the hugely popular Hotham Park as well as Marine Park Gardens, and Butlin’s – which you can just attend for the day or even over the course of a few hours.

Bognor is most famed for its cobbled beach, and the place gets crowded come the summer months, so be prepared to share your personal space if you’re thinking of going in the height of summer. Just a short drive from Bognor Regis beach, you’ll unearth Pagham beach, which although stony as well, is usually a lot less crowded than its counterpart.

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